We’ve focused in a lot on the water buffalo in Platoon as a potentially interesting viewpoint to tell the story from. We found out a few facts about the buffalo that make it useful as a symbol also:
- The water buffalo represents bravery, happiness and prosperity.
- Even though it is not official, many Vietnamese people accept that water buffalo are the national animal of Vietnam. Buffalo play an important role in Vietnam’s agrarian economy and history; They have become a powerful symbol in their culture.
- Not many people know that buffalo contributed to the success of the Vietnamese Revolution against foreign invaders. They are not only used to carry loads for farmers, but they also carried loaded carts of supplies for Vietnamese soldiers during the war. Buffalo were an undercover means of transport, they could walk on very poor roads, across bridges and rivers, and climb steep hills ,etc.